Regional strategist takes leaders to task for ICT development

Monday, February 28, 2011

A new model of leadership is needed in the Caribbean to take advantage of opportunities from advances in the internet and mobile technology, according to Caribbean region strategist at IXP advocacy group Packet Clearing House (PCH), Bevil Wooding.

"The opportunities technology affords can only be realized if there is a well-defined vision of the kind of Caribbean society we want to see," Bevil said, according to the blog of marketing and communications officer at the University of West Indies, Gerard Best. "This is a Caribbean leadership responsibility that cannot be ignored, deferred or delegated to others."

Wooding, who was speaking at St. Kitts and Nevis' inaugural National Economic Growth Forum, used the recent Caribbean ICT Roadshow, hosted by the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), as an example of how to bring new awareness to policymakers in the way of regional innovation and new economic activity. According to Wooding, the region faces an imperative opportunity to invest in socially relevant technology development.

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The forum was aimed at identifying possible new areas of economic growth and sustainable development, as well as strengthening public and private sector dialogue, policy development and project implementation to stimulate growth in both the medium and short term. Areas of focus included cruise tourism, education tourism, financial services and ICT.